Updated on 2/23/2023. Written by Alan Lu.
Classification: Redshirt Sophomore
Projected Draft Range: Likely Undrafted
Adequate scorer off the dribble
Has decent shooting potential
Handles the ball well
Decent rebounder for his size
Solid defender that can get steals
Above average athlete
Needs to improve his shooting
Lacks an elite first step off the dribble
Can display spotty shot selection
Needs to improve his playmaking skills
Not a true point guard, but is undersized to play the two
Underperformed in limited minutes as a freshman
Nimari Burnett was a highly touted recruit coming into college, and he was a high school teammate of Jalen Green at Prolific Prep. In high school, he looked to be a prolific scorer that had a strong, pull-up game, and he showed the ability to finish plays above the rim. He also appeared to be a fairly solid defender that also could rack up steals.
However, he struggled considerably in a surprisingly reduced role at Texas Tech before transferring. Burnett has since transferred to Alabama, where he’s played better in a reserve role for them. He will still need to continue to hone his overall game, but he could be a prospect to watch sometime down the road.
247Sports’ Article on Burnett Transferring to Alabama
1/3/20 Prolific Prep vs. Word of God Academy
This scouting report was first created on August 10th, and was previously not updated, so it was in serious need of updating to adjust to what he had been doing at the collegiate level at Texas Tech. By pretty much all accounts, Burnett had vastly underperformed, and he was also behind more experienced guards such as Jamarius Burton, Kyler Edwards, and Mac McClung on the depth charts, so his decision to transfer away from the program was not surprising in the least. Therefore, this scouting report has been updated as of 1/22/2021.
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